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    I did the Centennial Trail for a short time starting from Badger Hole. It is a lovely hike up and down through the woods. The trail gets very narrow at times, so long pants are advisable. Some parts are rocky. Saw several deer and came up to a 360 lookout point. I recommend this trail if you enjoy hiking through the woods for extended periods, meaning not expecting to arrive at a peak.

    I did 26 miles on the trail by bike from Hill City--13 one way and 13 back. 55 minutes of a slight incline at moderate difficulty, followed by half hour of flying down the other side. (Turned back.) Then 50 minutes back up at a greater incline (really hard for me at this point), followed by coasting for another hour. It was a peaceful, gorgeous ride going north out of Hill City. Just know what you are getting into. I just hope I can still walk tomorrow.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Great trail to get a taste of Badlands hiking. We saw 3 big horn sheep up close. Beautiful views from various locations (with a little exploring) at the top. Short and easy. The ladder was the most uncomfortable part for me, though some may not like a few narrow turns along the cliff. Have to do a little climbing on gravelly rock, but very manageable.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Absolutely gorgeous, easy walk along Spearfish Creek through Spearfish Canyon. Highly recommend!

    Monday, September 12, 2016

    This is a very lovely hike. Begins with a slight incline, becomes moderate, progresses to a somewhat steep gravelly slope, and ends with a fun climb up the rocks through a couple of tight spaces. Panoramic view from the top. There is almost no shade for most of the trail, so be prepared. It took 30 minutes moving slowly to get to the spur. Fast hikers could get to the spur in 15 minutes. Highly recommended!!

    Sunday, September 11, 2016

    This is a short, scenic walk. Nothing to go out of the way to do. We were staying at Legion Lake Lodge, so it was natural to just check it out.

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Steady incline with a few level patches. Interesting rock formations. There is no vista at the top--you have to climb the tower for the view. Lovely 360 of the area. Nice trek through the woods.

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    Sunday, May 29, 2016

    This is an awesome hike! Two miles of an easy walk by the river to the trailhead. The hike up to the falls is moderate to steep, with a couple of level stretches. In the spring, there are a few muddy patches, and insect repellent is a must. You may be tempted to climb up the rocks on the side of the falls, but resist the temptation because this is the dangerous part that the signs warn about. You can access the top of the falls by continuing on the trail, taking a left on Hamilton Road, and walking short distance to hook-up with the trail again on your left. For a nice view from Little Ball Mountain, take the overlook trail which branches off from the path along the river. It is worth the view. I hiked on Memorial Day weekend, and was surprised by the lack of traffic on either trail.

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    Sunday, May 29, 2016

    Beautiful hike! Parking is on the street near the entrance. Hike up a moderate to steep gravel road/path to the trailhead. Great trail through the woods at a moderate incline, sometimes level. After the sign that says "Haystack summit .3 miles" you will come to a fork near the top. If you go left, you will end up on a rock without a view. Go right at the fork to see the lovely vista. Explore the narrow trail leading off of the vista to the right, and get another nice view.

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

    The trail is narrow and overgrown at parts, so consider wearing hiking pants instead of shorts. I use walking sticks and consider this a "one stick hike" because the trail is so narrow. It begins with an easy, mostly level .6 mile. Then there is a slow, steady incline for about an hour. The rest of the trail after that is pretty close to level. No sharp inclines. Nice variety on the trail with sweeping views alternating with scrub oak forests. Very hot this time of year. Bring plenty water.

    Moderately challenging hike through the forest with a spectacular view once you climb the fire tower. Slow, steady incline with long switchbacks and occasional views of rocky formations and distant mountains. Drive 10 miles down a dirt road to get there.

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    Monday, April 28, 2014

    This trail is 1.5 miles one way. The path is well-packed dirt with logs bordering the trail most of the way. The trees provide a canopy for most of the trail, so it is a nice and shady walk. The trail is a combination of level walking with intermittent climbs. There are wooden steps for the ascents/descents and two wooden bridges. The trail is narrow at times with overgrowth. The path goes through the woods along the Guadalupe River, with homes on the other side of the river. This is a beautiful, comparatively short trail. If you are looking for a wilderness trail, this may not be the one for you because you can see the homes across the river at times and the trail borders a sports field part of the way. The end of the trail is ill-defined. When you come to a fork and see a path running along the fence of the sports field, you know that you are at the end. the trail just loops around the fork.

    I loved this trail. It was just what I was looking for. I went in the middle of the day in late April, and it was pleasant and breezy. I packed a picnic lunch and sat by the river when I finished the hike.